If there is a single essential prerequisite to the reconstruction of Haiti, it’s the removal of rubble from the capital city. The Jan. 12 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people and rendered more than 1 million homeless, also left behind about 25 million cubic yards—six times the volume of Hoover Dam—in felled houses, schools, and government buildings. People can survive in tents—for a while, anyway—and schools and hospitals can hobble along in whatever temporary facilities are available. But you cannot truly rebuild a city, or anything else as thoroughly decimated as Port-au-Prince, until you clear away the detritus of that which has been destroyed.
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